Formative Stories

Formative Stories

Have you ever taken a look back over the formative stories in your life and how those influences your writing? Or your sense of self? I have a theory. All those early books and stories you are exposed to, the […]

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Where Writers get their Ideas: Bookstore Edition

I’ve written before about Where Writers get their Ideas. But getting ideas in the bookstore? This type of idea generation is a whole new bakery of ideas to explore. Working at a bookstore, I am exposed to books almost all […]

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Question Your Assumptions

Question Your Assumptions

I promised I’d do a post on questioning your assumptions! Others have said it before, much better than I’m about to, but here goes… Have you ever wondered how to avoid falling into Trope City? How to make characters leap […]

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Consuming Influences

Consuming Influences

Everything we experience affects us in some way. Being conscious and mindful of those influences can help shape who we are, both as writers and as people. Some writers say they can look back over their early works and tell […]

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Thoughts on Writing Style

Thoughts on Writing Style

I recently finished reading Faith Hunter’s Blood Cross, book number two in the Jane Yellowrock series, and while I write this post I am in the middle of Jeff VanderMeer’s Acceptance, book three in his Southern Reach Trilogy. On the surface […]

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Poetry to Improve Prose

Every Sunday morning for two hours, I go to an LGBT+ poetry writing workshop. I wouldn’t trade those two hours for anything. The other people in the group are smart, creative people. It’s LGBT+ in that it is a safe […]

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